Professor Farrell's research focuses on the administration of justice with primary emphasis on measuring the effect of race and gender in police, prosecution and sentencing practices. In recent research, she has examined how variable levels of racial group and gender representation among court workgroups relate to district-level differences in sentencing. Professor Farrell is also engaged in research examining how jury outcomes, particularly the factors that predict and explain acquittals.
Liberation reconsidered: understanding why judges and juries disagree about guilt (with Daniel Givelber), School of Law Faculty Publications (2010)
Data collected in four jurisdictions by the National Center for State Courts allows us to...
Identifying challenges to improve the investigation and prosecution of state and local human trafficking cases (with Jack McDevitt, Rebecca Pfeffer, Stephanie Fahy, Colleen Owens, Meredith Dank, and William Adams), Institute on Race and Justice Publications (2012)
This report examines challenges faced in the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking in the...
Street outreach workers: best practices and lessons learned: innovative practices from the Charles E. Shannon Jr. Community Safety Initiative Series (with Scott H. Decker, Tim S. Bynum, Jack McDevitt, and Sean Varano), Institute on Race and Justice Publications (2008)
Street outreach workers are an important part of the Senator Charles E. Shannon Jr. Community...
Understanding and Improving Law Enforcement Responses to Human Trafficking, Final Report, 2008, June (with Jack McDevitt and Stephanie Fahy), Human Trafficking Data Collection and Reporting Center Research and Technical Reports (2008)
Though recognition of the importance and severity of human trafficking has grown in recent years,...
Rhode Island traffic stop statistics 2004-2005: final report: executive summary (with Jack McDevitt), Institute on Race and Justice Publications (2006)
Rhode Island traffic stop statistics data collection study 2004-2005: final report (with Jack McDevitt), Institute on Race and Justice Publications (2006)
Understanding the determinants of police identification of human trafficking cases, First Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking, 2009 (2009)
The passage of new laws criminalizing the trafficking of persons for labor and sexual services...